Bhubaneswar: Odisha will handover land pattas to 1.86 lakh families living in 1922 slums in 109 towns and cities of the state under Odisha Livable Habitat Mission (Land Mission) programme.

The chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, Thursday directed the concerned officials to expedite the process of handing over land records to the beneficiary slum dwellers. While Tata Trust is providing the technical support for survey of the  genuine slum dwellers, three agencies have been engaged to survey the slums in the state.  The survey report will be ready by August, 2018.

Launching a pilot project, the chief minister in May this year distributed land pattas to 2000 families of 49 slums of 9 urban local areas.

Meanwhile, the state government has provided Rs 400 crore to provide drinking water and other amenities in slums.

Chief secretary AP Padhi, development commissioner R.Balakrishnan, revenue principal secretary Chandra Sekhar Kumar and urban and housing secreatary G Mathivathan were present in the meeting presided over by the chief minister.